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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Gun Buybacks Don’t Work, So Let’s Expand Them

A recent gun policy meeting at Hunter College in New York City brought forth some, um, interesting proposals. After NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Collaborative Policing Susan Herman admitted that gun buybacks don’t work, she suggested that, instead of dropping the program, it be expanded to allow people to turn in anyone’s gun … whether they want you to or not. 

Herman actually encouraged reaching out to mothers, sisters and grandmothers—apparently no woman should want a gun—to have them steal the gun of any young man in their home and turn it in. “Nobody asks who you are, where you got it, anything,” Herman proposed. “You should be able to turn in, get rid of the gun in your house any time you want.” 

More ideas were forthcoming. One philanthropist proposed Guns for Gifts—a holiday buyback that would enable you to exchange your firearm for a brand-new toy.